Last updated: 2017-02-22
CO Darrin Kittelson (Int?l Falls) reports a busy weekend with lots of people out snowmobiling and ice fishing enjoying the unseasonable nice weather. The rain and warm weather have put a damper on the snowmobile trails. The local snowmobile club held their annual charity radar run which brings lots of snowmobiles to the area. Enforcement action taken for the week included snowmobile speeding and registration issues.
CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) met with Koochiching County, Lake of the Woods County, and other local and state agencies in preparation for the upcoming spring fishing activity on the Rainy River. He also monitored popular area snowmobile trails. This past weekend he saw a large number of snowmobilers out enjoying the area trails and participating in a local radar run fundraiser for cancer patients. The trails held up well but now many are hoping for a return of seasonal weather and additional snow. Angling and spearing activity was also monitored with limited success noted.
CO Colleen Adam (Ray) checked area fishing spots and trails. Snowmobile activity the past two weekends greatly impacted the area businesses. Unfortunately, trail and lake conditions have suffered under unseasonably warm weather, intense sunshine and the multitude of sleds. Many happy anglers welcomed the opportunity to stand out in the sun and try to find the elusive fish. Enforcement action was taken for slot fish, excessive speed-snowmobile, no snowmobile registration, no license in possession, and shelter issues.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring area lakes and trails. Snowmobile trails are in poor shape with dirt and rocks again exposed, lots of snow lost off area lakes, standing water and slush. Public access sites were checked.
CO Marc Hopkins (Tower) reports the trails were very busy and the officer worked a good amount of snowmobile enforcement. With the warm weather, the water skipping has started up near the Trout Lake Portage. A good number of anglers trekked into the BWCA Trout Lake and the officer observed some trout being caught. The trails have deteriorated after the rainy weather and the lake is very slushy.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) primarily worked anglers and snowmobiles during the week and assisted Hibbing PD with a household garbage fire call. Follow up was done on open cases with citations issued for fishing after suspension and unregistered ATV. Other enforcement action was taken on no spearing license, unmarked fish house, and failure to yield.
CO Matt Frericks (Virginia) spent time patrolling local snowmobile trails and lakes before unseasonably warm weather hit the area. Numerous anglers were seen out on lakes but few fish were being caught. Enforcement action was taken for angling without a license. The combination of high numbers of sleds and warm weather deteriorated the trails leaving them in poor condition. A few of the snowmobilers chose to take their snowmobiles out of storage and not purchase current registration. Those snowmobilers were issued citations. Some anglers have started to remove their ice shelters.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) saw many anglers out on the ice enjoying the warm weather. Violations of extra lines, more than 200? from tip up, and unattended lines were found. Area snowmobile trails are beat up and rain has deteriorated them more. A trespass complaint was received and road killed bobcat taken care of.